Texas Baptist Men Long Term Recovery volunteer teams made a huge difference serving families affected by flooding over Spring Break. Volunteers spent time with disaster survivors, listening to their stories, giving hugs and words of encouragement. Long Term Recovery volunteers worked in three different areas: Brazoria County, Southeast Texas and Jennings, LA.
This year our Spring Break teams consisted of 136 volunteers from 23 different churches serving 731 volunteer days, working 5,848 volunteer hours on 31 different projects.
In Brazoria County, located south of Houston, teams from Wiley Baptist Church, Abilene, Preston Ridge Baptist Church, Frisco and First Baptist Church Crosby assisted five families in the small community of Holiday Lakes. One family in particular was living in and out of a home with the ground underneath exposed. They installed flooring, insulation and sheetrock. We want to thank FBC Brazoria and Pastor Greg Smith for hosting these teams.
In Southeast Texas, teams from Tyler Junior College Baptist Student Ministry, FBC Killeen, FBC Nederland and FBC Midlothian worked on seven different homes making needed repairs. All home owners would not be able to make these needed repairs with out the help of volunteers. Several of the homes were still in need of mold remediation, even a year later. We appreciate North Orange Baptist Church, Orange, Texas and Executive Pastor Rusty Dollar for hosting our volunteers.
Jennings, LA is adjacent to six small communities that flooded in August of last year. Teams from Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown, South Main Baptist Church of Houston and Immanuel Community Church of Fort Collins, CO, joined FBC Jennings in assisting these small communities. There were 17 work sites spread out among over 60 volunteers. FBC Jennings, Pastor Jeff Cook, as well as the Baptist churches in the six communities played an important part in the success of this event.
Other activities included praying with families, providing Bibles to disaster survivors and providing food to families with food insecurities. These are all examples of how TBM Long Term Recovery: Rebuilds Communities, Reconnects People and Restores Hope.